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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Solar Power Hits the Big Time in Wisconsin

Immediate release
January 14, 2016

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Tyler Huebner, Executive Director
608.255.4044 x 1
tyler.huebner@renewwisconsin.org

Solar Power Hits the Big Time in Wisconsin 

Newest Large Array Energizes Waukesha County Manufacturer


In yet another demonstration of solar energy’s growing appeal to commercial and industrial customers, Letterhead Press recently joined the growing roster of Wisconsin companies turning to the sun to power their operations.

Located in New Berlin, Letterhead Press now derives about 25% of the electricity consumed at its 120,000-square foot facility on Ryerson Road from a 300 kilowatt (AC) solar array. Situated on a parking lot behind the production facility, Letterhead’s array was the fourth largest solar system installed in Wisconsin last year (see table below), and is now the largest in Waukesha County.

The facility was dedicated Tuesday at an event organized by Letterhead Press and featuring remarks from Letterhead Press CEO Mike Graf, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament, Sun Peak (the solar project developer and contractor), Focus on Energy, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and RENEW Wisconsin.

“2015 was a banner year for solar generation in the Badger State,” said RENEW Wisconsin’s Executive Director Tyler Huebner. “Growth was especially strong among larger customers looking to take advantage of solar power’s declining costs to help them control their escalating energy expenses.”

Solar was the fastest growing generation resource in Wisconsin in 2015, expanding from 18 megawatts (MW) at the beginning of the year to more than 25 MW at year’s end. Solar power expanded even more vigorously elsewhere in the United States, with 7,500 MW--the equivalent of Wisconsin’s increase 1,000 times over--coming on line last year.

In addition to being a cost-effective source of electricity for business and institutional customers, solar power supports a national industry that employs more than 208,000 people, according to the most recent solar jobs report conducted by The Solar Foundation. Solar industry employment grew 12 times faster than the overall U.S. workforce. About 1,900 solar jobs are located in Wisconsin, according to the previous year’s report.

Letterhead Press will be one of several dozen solar generation owners recognized at RENEW Wisconsin’s fifth annual Renewable Energy Policy Summit set for Thursday, January 21, 2016, at Monona Terrace in Madison. The theme of the event, "Shaping the Utility of the Future," will delve into the rapidly changing electric utility environment and examine business models under which utilities and customers can work bring more clean energy into the Wisconsin energy mix.

For more information on the 2016 summit program agenda, speakers, and registration, please visit   http://renewwisconsin.org/2016_Summit/


31 Largest Solar Electric Systems Installed in Wisconsin in 2015

Customer
Location
Utility
Project Size (in kWDC)
Contractor (location)
Forest County Potawatomi
Crandon (15 locations), Milwaukee
WPS, We Energies
922
SunVest Solar
(Pewaukee)
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Fall Creek
ECEC
863
Able Energy (River Falls)
Central Storage Warehouse
Madison
Madison Gas & Electric
741
SunPeak
(Madison)
Letterhead Press
New Berlin
We Energies
337
SunPeak
Rockwell Automation
Mequon
We Energies
263
H&H Solar
(Madison)
River Falls Utilities
River Falls
RFU (muni)
250
H&H Solar
New Richmond Utilities
New Richmond
NRU (muni)
250
H&H Solar
Sisters of St. Agnes
Fond du Lac
Alliant-WPL
248
Eland Electric
(Green Bay)
Darlington School District
Darlington
Alliant-WPL
156
SunVest Solar
O&H Danish Bakery
Mt. Pleasant
We Energies
152
SunVest Solar
Crystal Ball Farms
Osceola
Xcel-NSPW
151
Next Energy Solution (Spooner)
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Neenah
We Energies
128.5
Energize, LLC (Winneconne)
Stieglitz Dairy
Greenwood
Clark Electric Cooperative
105.3
Next Energy Solution
Central Waters Brewery
Amherst
Alliant-WPL
100.8
North Wind RE (Stevens Point)
Blenker Building Systems
Amherst
Alliant-WPL
100.8
North Wind RE
Taylor Electric Cooperative
Medford
Taylor
100
10K Solar/ Viking Electric
Isthmus
 Engineering
Madison
MG&E
  99.5
H&H Solar
Precision Plus
Elkhorn
Elkhorn (muni)
  99
Kettle View RE (Silver Creek)
Animart
Beaver Dam
Alliant-WPL
  99
Kettle View RE
Organic Valley
Cashton
Cashton (muni)
  95
Full Spectrum Solar (Madison)
Corrim Company
Oshkosh
WI Public Service
  92
SunPeak
Components Company
Brookfield
We Energies
  78
Convergence Energy (Lake Geneva)
Parmenter Circle  Apts.
Middleton
MG&E
  72
Full Spectrum Solar
Oregon Middle School
Oregon
Alliant
  62
Full Spectrum Solar
Outpost Nat’l Foods
Mequon
We Energies
  56.3
SunVest Solar
Evergreen Credit Union
Neenah
We Energies
  56
Eland Electric
Clark Electric Cooperative
Greenwood
Clark Electric
  53.3
10K Solar/ Viking Electric (MN)
Excel Patterns
Bonduel
We Energies
  50.4
Eland Electric
Infinity Retail Services
Turtle Lake
Xcel-NSPW
  50
Kettle View RE
Borah Teamwear
Coon Valley
Xcel-NSPW
  49
Ethos Green Power (Viroqua)
Reynolds Storage and Transfer
Madison
MG&E
  48
SunPeak


Prepared by: RENEW Wisconsin, January 2016

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